Thursday, September 14, 2017
Local greyhound breeders Tracie Price, Richard Clayfield and Robert Chuck are well represented in the Destini Fireball Winter Classic, heats of which will be run at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
For dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2015, the re-scheduled Winter Classic has attracted record nominations with three heats to be run over 512 metres as a lead-up to the $3000 final on September 24.
Compton-based Price, who won the 2014 classic with Stylish Moment and followed up again the next year with Cee Me Burst, once again looks to hold a strong hand with Baz’s Moment, Swift Limes, Which Moment and Sophie’s Moment.
The first three are from the September 2015 Swift Fancy x Which Class litter with Baz’s Moment – twice a winner over 512 metres at Tara Raceway – stepping up over the longer journey once again after some recent outstanding short-course form that has seen him take the lead in this year’s Greyhound of the Year award.
Swift Limes hasn’t won since June but looks well placed under classic conditions after plenty of competitive efforts in higher-grade company while the lightly-raced Which Moment, although yet to race over 512 metres, impressed keen judges with her 400 metre win at Tara Raceway on September 3.
Sophie’s Moment, a September 2015 daughter of Cosmic Rumble, comes into the series with a personal best time of 29.90 seconds and looking to emulate her dam Stylish Moment’s effort in the inaugural Winter Classic.
Clayfield, of Glenroy, has three of his September 2015 Dyna Tron x Time And Tide litter engaged with Glenville Phil a smart maiden winner at Tara Raceway on September 8 while Glenville Silver clocked a tidy 30.45 seconds when running third on the same day.
Chuck, who is based at Moorak, has a couple of interesting runners in Galactic Spirit – another of the Swift Fancy x Which Class litter – and Galactic Panther who has raced on only three occasions.
Galactic Spirit is yet to race over 512 metres although her short-course form at Tara Raceway is outstanding – six wins from nine starts.
Galactic Panther, a winner of two races, is also yet to race beyond 400 metres but gives the impression that the extra distance won’t cause him too many problems.
By Milldean Panther out of Galactic Rumball, Galactic Panther is a January 2016 whelping and as such will be perfectly placed as far as the age scale is concerned when it comes to the Summer Classic which will be run in February.
And Galactic Rumball could be well represented come the 2019 Winter Classic after recently whelping two dogs and four bitches to the Canadian-bred sire Paddy Whacker.
Team Lenehan, successful in last year’s Winter Classic with Lektra Munster, looks to be right in the mix again this year with Lektra Stomp, a July 2015 son of Walk Hard and Lektra Angie.
A quick 29.88 seconds 525 metre winner at The Meadows prior to returning to Toolong, the white and black dog created a huge impression at Tara Raceway last month with 512 metre wins by 13¼ lengths and 11¾ lengths in times of 29.92 seconds and 29.67 seconds.
Also engaged in the classic is Lektra Stomp’s litter sister, Lektra Jenny, a last start 400 metre winner, who will be stepping up to the 512 metres for the first time.
Yambuk husband and wife team Tom and Ann Sinnott are well represented with members of the November 2015 Lonesome Cry x Up And Away (a half-sister to Time And Tide) litter which includes Away We Go, a best of day 29.92 seconds Tara Raceway winner last month.
Clayfield is also training two of the litter for Ann Sinnott – Solitary Lad and Lone Star – who both come into the classic heats with pretty tidy form.